Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Nepal remeasure the height of Everest Mount

Nepal agreed to cooperate with China to remeasure the height of Everest after scientists thought that the highest mountain in the world was falling.

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Many geologists believe that the 7.6 magnitude quake in Nepal in 2015 may have caused the height of Everest Mount to drop by 3 centimeters, while official data recognizes the summit as "the roof of the world" is 8,848 m high.

The decision to cooperate with China to measure the height of Everest Mount was made after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Nepal last weekend and held talks with the country's leader.
Nepal remeasure the height of Everest Mount
A porter at camp No. 4 near Everest Mount on May 20, 2016. Photo: Reuters.
India was the first country to announce the height of Everest Mount and recognized it as the highest mountain in the world in 1855. Half of Everest Mount is located in Nepal, but the country has never measured them but used data from the Indian Surveying Bureau in 1954.

In 2017, India offered to help Nepal remeasure the height of Everest Mount, after a devastating earthquake in the Gorkha region of Nepal in 2015.

Many western climbers use the 8,850 m elevation data of Everest Mount as determined by the National Geographic Association and Boston Science Museum in 1999 in a survey using satellite technology to measure. In 2005, Chinese researchers and mountaineers declared this peak height to be 8,844.43 m.

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